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Melianthus comosus is an attractive multi-stemmed shrub. The large, grey-green, serrated leaves are clustered towards the tips of the branches. The small, nectar rich bird pollinated flowers are borne in a short cluster, followed by a four-winged bladdery capsules which are often as decorative as the
Melianthus comes from the Greek word Meli = honey and anthos = flower meaning that it has abundant nectar. The brightly colored red flowered petals produce an abundance of nectar that attracts Sunbirds, bees and butterflies.
It prefers light, well-drained, good garden soil.
Species and varieties:
Melianthus major - large leaved tropical looking plant, with its large grey leaves and huge bronze flowers. It prefers a warm, sunny position with good drainage.
Melianthus villosus - another relative of Melianthus major which has proved to be almost hardy in this country.